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What Is Lean and Where Do I Start?

Course Outline

Lean operation is all about adding value and removing waste. This webinar discusses “lean” as a management strategy that seeks to improve operational performance in terms of customer satisfaction, cost, quality, and delivery by focusing on the customer and eliminating waste, variability and inflexibility. In this session, we will learn from nationally recognized experts on lean operations and manufacturing. In addition, we will reveal some lean strategies applicable to engineering consulting business. This is an excellent opportunity to get the kick start you need on your Lean journey.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to understand

Course Content

The following publications are used as reference materials for this webinar:

CSU - Introduction to Lean Principles (PDF, 2 pages, 0.2 MB)
MIT - Fundamentals of Lean (PDF, 23 pages, 3.5 MB)

EPA - Lean Starter Kit (PDF, 120 pages, 1.5 MB)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the documents for your study.

Course Summary

Lean is a business model and collection of methods that help eliminate waste while delivering quality products on time and at least cost. This webinar is designed to help an organization plan and implement successful Lean events. It provides resources on Lean methods, Lean training, Lean event follow-up and implementation tracking, and building a Lean enterprise.

Related Links

For additional information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Lean Enterprise Institute
EPA - Lean Government

Because this course is offered as a "live" course, you are required to attend the webinar at the scheduled time and date. Please check the Webinar Schedule under course description on our website for scheduled meeting date and time. We will send you an invitation to the webinar through email approximately 24 hours before the webinar (confirmation of the receipt of the invitation is required). The certificate of completion will not be issued unless you attend the webinar and pass a quiz. Thank you for your cooperation.


Before you attend the webinar, you need to print the quiz questions from your browser for the discussion during the webinar. At the end of the webinar, you need to complete the quiz and submit your answers to obtain the PDH credit (quiz deadline: midnight on the webinar date).

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.